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Incredible Chocolate News

April 11, 2016

Written By: Joanne Kryszek, Chocosphere Co-Founder and Chocolate Goddess

What’s New? Customer Service
Incr‘Edible’ Chocolate Deal… Bargain Basement and On Sale
Cool Contest… Newsletter
Chocolate Club Recipe Corner

Mommie, Mum, Mom, Mummie, Ma, Moma, Mother's Day

Don't forget the Moms in your life. She doesn't want jewelry or real estate so it has to be food. Opt for the one thing that she craves besides you… CHOCOLATE! Take advantage of this great special, the Large Promotional Mother's Day Basket, a $150.00 value for only $99.95, or the smaller basket at a $60.00 value for only $49.95. Every basket comes with loads of chocolate. You can access our Mother's Day offerings by clicking on the picture of the Lavender Basket at the top left corner of our home page, or just click here: Mother's Day Chocolate items.

We have many options to choose from besides baskets. Remember that if you can't make up your mind, one of our friendly Customer Service folks can help you.  Just dial 503-692-3323 ext. 0


What's New?

Cacao Prieto bean-to-bar chocolate is artisinally made from the finest organic, single origin Dominican Cacao. 100% organic, 100% passionately made in house in Brooklyn, NY.

Cacao Prieto was founded by Daniel Prieto Preston, an inventor and aerospace engineer, whose family has been farming organic cacao in the Dominican Republic for more than 100 years. The Prieto family owns Coralina Farms which provides all of the cacao for Cacao Prieto's chocolates. Coralina Farms is also the center for long-ranging experiments in self-sustainable and organic farming methods.

Go a little bit fruity, nutty or salty with four new organic inclusion bars from Nirvana: Milk Bar with Coconut and Toasted Almonds, Dark Bar with Dried Cherries, Milk with Caramel bits and Sea Salt, and Dark Bar with Almonds

New from Valrhona, the AZÉLIA Feves; milk chocolate discs made with 13.6% Hazelnuts, 35% cacao. The perfect harmony between chocolate, milk, and hazelnuts. Pure gourmet indulgence. Different from Gianduja because it can be tempered.


Incr‘Edible’ Chocolate Deals

Shipping Special

We reduced the price for "if it fits, it ships to" $7.50 until the end of April. Basically any order that will fit in one of the U.S. Postal special rate boxes (or ground if that is more reasonable) we will ship for $7.50. That includes warm weather packaging if it is needed (a $7.00 value). The potential savings over other options on our web site, depending on the size of the shipment, can be huge. And you only pay $7.50! Get more detailed information about this inexpensive shipping option here: If It Fits, It Ships!

AND…Until the end of April... if you are buying only bars, tablets, mini-bars, and/or tasting squares, and your total purchase is $75.00 or more you will be eligible for FREE Value Shipping. Please review important Terms & Conditions on this Free Value Shipping offer.

Our current plan is for both these special offers to last only until the end of April 2016 (though they are subject to change at any time), so take advantage of them before the window closes. I don't see any more shipping specials in my crystal ball until the end of summer.


Cool Contest

Just a reminder… We have only 13 applicants for this drawing that will occur at the end of April. We need 37 more orders that qualify or we won't be able to award the prize. You won't find anything like this beautiful piece of chocolate history anywhere else.

******** IT'S GIVE-AWAY TIME *******

Enter for your chance to win a vintage wooden box of Valrhona Single Plantation chocolate bars, a $62.00 value!

You can see a photo of the prize by going to Chocosphere's Facebook page. Every order you place between now and April 30th will earn you an entry to win this box.

To enter, write *Facebook Valrhona Prize* in the comments section of your order. You don't have to be a Facebook Friend to enter.

Contest Rules:
Contest is only valid with a minimum of 50 entries.
(if there are less than 50 entries, the contest is null and void and no winner will be chosen).

Orders must be placed by April 30th, 2016.

Prize contents :
1 Wooden Valrhona box
4 Ampamakia bars from the manufacture years 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015
2 Loma Sotoventa bars from the manufacture years 2014 & 2015
1 vintage Valrhona book explaining some of their crops, including plantations not represented above.


Bargain Basement and On Sale

There are quite a few Domori products that just were added to the 'On Sale' page, which is unusual. This includes bars and dragees. The 53% Santander bar is now 2 for the price of 1. That means 2, 70 gram bars for $2.90. What a steal of a deal, right? You will also find Dagoba organic bars on the On Sale page. Also, it looks like we were too optimistic and overbought Ethereal, Galler and Venchi. Look for lots of deals from these brands. Grab Bags are still the best buy and better than half off the original price. You get $45.00 worth for $19.95 and $100.00 for $39.95 (original value based on single unit full price). There are consumer grab bags and options for the chef as well.

Please remember that Bargain Basement products are usually past the best-by date, and may be bloomed or broken. The Bargain Basement is a place to treat yourself at a great price, but probably not for gift giving.


Chocolate Club

If you have ever wondered about the Chocosphere chocolate club this is how it works: You order on line for as little $120 or as much as $1020 at the brown selector bar under the Gifts and Selections tab "Chocolate of the Month Clubs."

And then forget about it. We take care of the rest. Soon you will start recieving your chocolate shipments, one each month. And one day you will have one of those #*!!!? (four letter word) experiences and you will come home with a need and there on your doorstep will be the package from that other world; That's right, the planet with chocolate: Chocosphere!. And the bad day will disappear with the amazing food of the Gods. You will be transported to a delicious place. Almost like a drug, but legal. And every month for the period you select, you will get another infusion of happy.


Recipe Corner

Need a break from kitchen duty? Have a cup of Ethereal Cocoa Tea and a Double Chocolate Brownie. For the tea, steep 2 teaspoons of Ethereal Cocoa Tea in 8 oz of hot water for 5 to 7 minutes (makes 16 servings) and enjoy with a rich gluten free brownie made Ethereal's Chocolate Brownie Mix that's made with almond four (the mix makes an 8" X 8" baking dish). It's easy, quick, delicious and both products are on sale (20% off).


Customer Service

Of course we are happy to help over the phone, but we do appreciate it when you place your order on line. It helps us to give the most prompt and accurate service. If you don’t feel comfortable giving your credit card number over the internet, just click the box for "Please Call for Credit Card Info" and we will call you. But when you need help, we are here for you. There is generally someone answering the phones between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.

There are five of us answering phones at Chocosphere, where we speak fluent Chocospherian. We try hard to answer all calls personally during normal business hours, but occasionally one slips over to voice mail. If you call and end up in voice mail, please leave a message. We will do our very best to call back promptly.  If by chance you don't hear back from us in a reasonable time, please call again during our normal business hours.

We each have varying levels of experience. It is our goal to happily serve you the very best chocolate!!

Finally, and very importantly, our web site lists our service commitments as to when we ship an order based on when the order is placed.  However, we certainly understand there are circumstances where you may want us to process an order faster, when you need your chocolate "now"!  If you need your order shipped faster than our listed service commitment, please place your order online letting us know of your need in the "Comments" section, and then call us (503-692-3323 x 0 for Customer Service) to let us know.  We can't guarantee early shipping, but we always try hard to provide chocolate happiness to our valued customers.


Newsletter

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